Stalk Yourself with iPhone and R

Recently the story broke that iPhone appeared to be tracking your location and storing this information in an unencrypted log file on your computers hard drive.

“iPhone tracks users’ movements” via BBC ==> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13145562 .

Well it didn’t take long for someone to than come up with an app that allows MAC users to easily create a visualisation of this data.

“Stalk Yourself: Use R to Analyze Your iPhone Location Data” via Read Write Web ==> http://tiny.ly/b22c

Further information on the iPhone Tracker app can be read and the App downloaded from here: http://petewarden.github.com/iPhoneTracker/

“This open-source application maps the information that your iPhone is recording about your movements. It doesn’t record anything itself, it only displays files that are already hidden on your computer.”

There is also some further reading clarifying some of the history and reations to the discovery here:

“iPhone tracking: The day after. Analysis and criticism came in the wake of our iPhone tracking story.” ==> http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/04/iphone-tracking-followup.html

Bit freaky but I couldn’t resist running it to see what it came up with. One thing to note is that when I have been overseas I have had data roaming turned off and probably as a result it has not tracked any points from trips to Europe or Asia.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 3, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    ReadWriteWeb has posted another article related to this:

    “How To Save Your iPhone’s Location Data Before Apple Destroys It”

    This article also has links to a PC App that achieves the same sort of visualisation as the existing MAC App. Enjoy!

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_save_your_iphones_location_data_before_appl.php

  2. Posted May 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    ReadWriteWeb has posted another article related to this:

    “Apple Rolls Out iOS 4.3.3 Update To Fix Location Issues”

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/apple_rolls_out_ios_433_update_to_fix_location_iss.php

  3. Posted May 6, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Information Aesthetics has posted an article related to this:

    “OpenPaths and CrowdFlow: Share your iPhone Data”

    http://infosthetics.com/archives/2011/05/openpaths_crowdflow_share_your_iphone_data.html

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